west virginia

Union membership creeps upward in the South

February 5, 2016 - Organized labor has made surprising gains in a region where unions face some of their toughest obstacles, new federal data shows. But defending workers' advances in the South's hostile political climate will require a long-term organizing commitment.

Powering Appalachia's brighter future

October 23, 2015 - An initiative to help states affected by the coal industry's decline has announced its first round of grants valued at $14.5 million. The bulk of the money is going to Kentucky and West Virginia, which have been most severely affected, and will support programs that provide digital media training, boost agricultural production, promote tourism and more.

Fighting stubborn poverty numbers

September 18, 2015 - This week the Census Bureau announced the U.S. poverty rate remained virtually unchanged from 2013 to 2014 despite improving employment numbers. Economic justice advocates across the South discuss what they're doing to address the problem of persistent economic inequality.